Star Bible: Trek Trough the Future
Star Trek tells the story of Earth in the coming centuries among a universe of star-faring races.
Star Trek's most recent entries are Nemesis (Star Trek X) and the Star Trek ENTERPRISE T.V. series. The story has continued to develop more in internet stories and computer games showing events after Nemesis.
Kirk's "Five Year Mission" was cut short due to network cancellation.
The first Star Trek movies thus cover a good deal of developmental material. The most recent series,
The TOS episodes deal with many concepts that become themes of later plots; they are not however anywhere near the intricacy and refinement of ST-The NEXT GENERATION or its spinoffs, DEEP SPACE NINE and VOYAGER.
The star-faring races of Star Trek undergo all manner of friction and fluctuation in throughout their evolution. There are though some continually present races in the story that follow certain self-precepts.
These consist of different species within the United Federation of Planets of which humans are a founding world.
The galaxy, which we know as the Milky Way, is divided into four quadrants surrounding the galactic core. (The Galactic core is visited in one Star Trek movie). Stories involving other galaxies, and the outer rim, occur in the NEXT GENERATION, and Voyager centers around the Delta Quadrant, while DS9 takes place at a wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant. In DS9, the entire Alpha Quadrant is in jeopardy from a vengeful enemy called the Dominion, comprised of the Founders who are a changeling race who rule subsidiaries called the Vorta and Jem Hadar, bred warriors with a fatal propensity for a pharmaceutical called Tetricil White. This war redefines the galaxy and DS9 represents the fruition of the future in Star Trek's canon.
The Federation exerts stability on the galactic region, the Alpha Quadrant. The Alpha Quadrant contains Earth ("Sol") as well as "Vulcan", "Andoria (and a subspecies called Einar)" the "Tellerites" (who are at war before the final events of
The Romulans have a subspecies called the Remans. The Remans are basically enslaved to the Romulans and live on the dark side of their world. The Romulans form a Star Empire which competes with the Federation in controlling worlds as colonies. The Romulan Empire attempted to kill the Federation, which would grow into a power resisting the conquest of the Alpha Quadrant.
This is the conflict at the beginning of the Federation. A compromise is made which creates a "Neutral zone" which is a band of star systems buffering Romulan and Feration space.
Earth made "First Contact" with the Vulcans, in
In First Contact the movie,
The Romulans (and in a different sense, the Remans) are offshoots of the Vulcans. The split occurs before either are encountered by Earth and the question of Re-Unification is one that recurs both in various contexts (Romulans attempt this on their own terms and a Vulcan initiative is sponsored by Spock)
Vulcan has a "High Command" in the
The Vulcans are cautious in their dealings with humanity. They are responsible for retarding the acquisition of technological knowledge after First Contact as Earth makes its entrance into space. It is debatable also if they intentionally refrained from interfering in Earth's internal conflicts. In one episode, T'Pol gives a surprise account of Vulcan presence on Earth before the
It is discovered that the Vulcan's attitude toward Earth is tempered by their latent fear of reversion back to the pre-Surian mindset. The Heavy- handed Vulcan ambassador to Earth, Soval, affirms this to Admiral Forrest, unfortunately just before the embassy is bombed and Forrest is killed saving him.
The Vulcans land on Earth after a passing ship observes the warp signature of Zephraim Cochrane's warp ship, the
The Organization which moderates space exploration and coordinates operations on Earth and among Earth's allies is known as Star Fleet. The technology of Cochrane is developed by Star Fleet and influenced (both positively and negatively in the case of the Vulcans) by the first exchanges with the greater galaxy.
Earth was not on a war- footing when the first Warp-5 capable starship was launched.
One important touchstone of Star Trek's story is the fallible nature of Star Fleet and the imperfections in the admiralty. There is a bureaucratic nature to the Federation that always crops up. Dr. McCoy observes "Bureaucracy is the only constant in the universe". There is often derision toward crew captains in the field toward admirals behind desks, and this dichotomy is a backdrop for the cavalier actions of some of the main characters such as Kirk and Spock. The problem of bureaucracy in space administration was one thing expounded upon by Freeman Dyson, who foresaw the inevitable presence of disingenuity along with governance as an unavoidable factor in the upcoming space age.
The Captain of the
The events of Star Trek consist of Mega- events and sidebar events (The evolution of people as they live through the first step into outer space; interpersonal events—there is character development on a mass scale—mental development and skills in new technology—but also a delineation of truly mundane events. For instance the upshot one
This is ultimately why the series failed. There is always a commitment in Star Trek canon to telling the whole story… eventually. Thus, all plot threads are continuous and are re-examined in separate stories.
The absolute worst single examples of the Star Trek series in sum, as well as the worst examples of episodic T.V. itself can be found among the beginning seasons of the
At the End of the series, the stage was set enough to chronicle the main action. People lost patience and were confused in droves, making inevitable its cancellation. The writing tried to appeal to a wide audience in the wrong fashion in some cases, producing more trivial story elements. There was an atrocious episode re-introducing the Ferengi where their familiar behavior was showcased for no reason but to add them to the time period in which they are defeated in the most predictable way and served mainly to show a Starfleet officer with no uniform on. Other ratings stunts of this nature were to be had, including a similar digression to Hoshi's friendly telepathic stalker which had some merit. There was also the inexplicable all-Phlox episode with him alone on the ship of a sedated crew (to a sedated audience) with a predictable ending…
The writing did not deviate from the scrupulous detail, which is a credit, but resulted in a trade-off in that the remaining story was condensed.
Someone got the memo in the last season, and the pace was picked up and the show redeemed as a Star Trek representative. The story was meshed with upcoming events and continuity was preserved. The retelling of the whole story proved too taxing overall.
The main events of the Star Trek story were filled out however and at this point for the first time an overall view of the story can now be made available. Here for your edification and benefit, are these main events:
The High Command on Vulcan is dissolved and the Kir Shara artifact is returned to them. The Earth Consulate on Vulcan is bombed and destroyed as it turns out by Vulcan agents in an act of mock terrorism, and they try to frame the Andorians.
The Romulans are sponsoring the predominant Vulcan faction—The Romulan Empire uses a remote controlled marauder to terrorize and destabilize the region. Humans through the actions of
The planet Earth is attacked and targeted for eradication by a species (consisting of five subspecies, Aquatics, Avian, Insectazoid, Reptilian and humanoid). This species is called the Xindi, and had not appeared in Star Trek up to that point. 7 million people are killed on Earth in the sneak attack. Archer takes the
The Expanse is an artificial entity put in place by "sphere builders" a time traveling race that ministers to the Xindi, and directs them that Earth has targeted them for destruction. The reason being, the Xindi and Federation in the future (The Enterprise J is briefly shown) join to oppose the sphere builders. The Expanse is collapsed into normal space at the conclusion and the Xindi weapon of annihilation (Star Trek is the One with the Death Star) is destroyed as the
A Temporal Cold War is taking place. Archer is visited and brought to visit a time traveling human from the future, who poses as a crewman aboard
There is a Reman faction in the Temporal Cold War. These Remans had allied themselves with the Nazis and appear along with the German military commanders in WWII. The War takes on a much different look, as
Thus after saving Earth from the Xindi,
T'Pol orders Commander Tucker and Ensign Mayweather to take a shuttle to
Anyway, the Xindi attack engenders a new adversary for StarFleet… Xenophobia has remanifested on Earth while
The Augment phenomenon plays out in ST ENT. Dr. Soong (whose grandson builds Data/Lor/B-4) creates a competing Race to Humans—"the Augments." These are genetically enhanced clones who have greater strength and intelligence due to all defects being removed from their genome. The Augments are the subject of a bitter war alluded to in various instances, the Eugenics War—where a Colonel Greene tries to cleanse humanity… This is where Noonian Khan comes from in the movie, Kirk's adversary. The Augments are banished from Earth and kept in Cold storage. Soong is imprisoned. After the events of ST-ENT/ Augments , Soong reconsiders improving humanity to begin his cybernetic research and create the positronic brain. Soong leaves nothing to chance this time, giving Data and his brother his own face. The fraternal woes of the Augments preface Lor who becomes a bitter rival in THE NEXT GENERATION
In Divergence, ST-ENT, the Klingons try to make their own Augments. They kidnap Dr. Phlox with the aid of StarFleet operatives after attempting to capture Soong (under too heavy guard). Their attempt results in a plague which threatens the whole Klingon species. A definitive explanation is herein offered for why the Klingons have cranial ridges, and lack them in Kirk's era; and regain their appearance later—after the generation of plague exposed Klingons is repopulated. Its not because they couldn't do the special make- up for Klingons in the sixties, it turns out.
The Klingons exist in an Empire, and are a marauding warrior- driven presence in the Alpha quadrant. The Klingons have castes, not all of whom are warriors. In ST-ENT's time frame, Klingons have an actual Emperor; in the 24th century, the empire is in the form of a high council/ chancellor. Worf Sees Khaless become the figurative emperor of the Klingons—as a clone. The domination of the warrior caste in Klingon society took place prior to the
The First incident in ST_ENT is a Klingon fleeing 2 Suliban, called Klang, who is shot by an Oklahoma farmer (Broken Bow-pilot) He carries DNA encoding of information on the manipulation of the Klingon Civil War (a recurring event) The Duras House sponsors a faction which collaborates with the Romulans in EACH generation.
The Kitomer outpost destroyed by Romulan fleet when its shields are powered down from within the base. (which is indeed dishonorable)
Worf survives this and is rescued by StarFleet officers. The USS Intrepid chief and his family raise him on Earth. Worf becomes the tactical officer aboard the 24th Century
Jean Luc Picard is the Captain of the
StarFleet maintains a registry for ships utilizing "classes". The Classes indicate time of origin. The first
Captain Picard is assimilated by the Borg to become Locutus, a Borg drone and then restored. In Nemesis, Picard is cloned and his shadow self, Shinzon, becomes the Romulan Praetor—as a Reman. Captain Picard becomes the arbiter of succession in Klingon rulership. Captain Archer carries the Kutra of Surok for the Vulcans.
The actions and experiences of these main players and of many of the people in Star Trek serve to redefine humanity.
The events of Star Trek First Contact are Ellaborated in ST-ENT / Regeneration.
The Borg are resuscitated after being unearthed in the
By reviving the Borg, the events of the Borg War and of Voyager / Endgame are set in motion in the future. Thus the automatic ensuing of time-travel by the Borg Queen and her vessel to stop First Contact. by attacking
Captain Archer is able to recollect a recanted speech of Zephraim Cochrane at
One ship has a special significance through many incarnations: The Defiant. The Only pure war ship designed by the Federation, it is the main vessel of Deep Space Nine. The Defiant is also a part of the Mirror Universe story arc. The Defiant in Kirk's era is pulled back in time due to the Tholians. In the original Series episode, The Enterprise A witnesses the disappearance of the Defiant but they have no idea where—when it goes—The USS Defiant becomes the advanced warship used by Mirror Archer of the Terran Empire to take over his galaxy.
The Mirror Universe a very interesting recurring plot. There is a parallel Universe that exists in Star Trek along with the main universe. The same people exist in it but in an altered state of personality. The Federation is Replaced by a Terran Earth Empire. One
Events transpire to allow Archer to capture the Defiant and the Tholians destroy
I think the Physics of the Mirror Universe have interesting quantum implications, but it may be that the Romulans are the reason Mirror First Contact occurs to the detriment of Vulcan, although unseen, as replacement to the encouragement of Picard and his crew as well as the Borg. Which is the genuine universe and which is the shadow? In the regular version, the Borg and future humans change First Contact. Maybe the Romulans have their own Temporal Cold War faction on Earth, with a Mirror Shinzon. Maybe they are here right now or maybe they were the Romans. Maybe the whole main plot of Trek is an aberration and Humans left unaltered are in actuality the savage party that turns the tables on the Vulcan's visit by nature.